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Dr Mark Rider, Hand Surgeon


Dr Rider is the inaugural Director of what became the South Western Sydney Hand Centre at Fairfield (Fairfield Hand Clinic). It is anticipated that this will become the 3rd specialist hand centre in Sydney, with an emphasis on hand injuries, teaching, and a consultant–led model of care.

Mark was born in Yorkshire, and graduated from medical school in Scotland in 1987. After a period as a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, he undertook general surgical training and obtained the fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), and of Edinburgh (FRCSEd). Five years at Oxford completed his plastic surgical training and culminated in qualification as a specialist plastic surgeon (FRCSPlas).

I entered plastic surgery with the specific purpose of becoming a hand surgeon.

As a registrar he worked with many of Britain’s most well-known hand surgeons. The plastic surgery training was complemented by a Fellowship with Prof Tonkin in Sydney, an internationally regarded orthopaedic hand surgeon.

Mark undertook a further year advanced training as a Fellow in Wellington, and was then appointed as a consultant at the Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery Unit.

In 2009 Dr Rider was invited to move back to Sydney, to help build a Hand Unit at Liverpool/SW Sydney. 

He is an active member of both the Australian Hand Surgery Society and the NSW Hand Surgery Association, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.


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